in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: a means of travelling through space by manipulating the dimensions of spacetime
The use of the word in other works—most prominently, the Robert Heinlein short story ‘—And He Built a Crooked House’ (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb. 1941)—generally shows the use of the standard mathematical term in science-fictional contexts, rather than an actual science-fictional sense.
[extended use of tesseract, coined by Charles H. Hinton in 1888 as a name for a four-dimensional hypercube]
Well, the fifth dimension’s a tesseract. You add that to the other four dimensions and you can travel through space without having to go the long way around.
If you could teach me enough more about the tesseract so that I could get back to Camazotz—.
Forward patted the tesseract; his fingertips bent oddly as they entered the volume of manipulated space.
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